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Home Legislation Ballot Ohio Medical Marijuana Ballot Ready to Sign and Circulate

Ohio Medical Marijuana Ballot Ready to Sign and Circulate

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The medical marijuana ballot petition for Ohio patients has been approved by Board of Election, Secretary of State, and the Ohio Attorney General. The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment petition is ready for you to help circulate and get it signed!

Now let’s make Ohio Medical Marijuana a reality! We will need thousand's of signatures so we can put it on the ballot. if you want to get involved as a petitioner please download and print the instruction PDF file then, the official petition at the end of the paragraph, and be sure to email us using the contact link. Be sure to read the first page carefully, then print as many copies as you can afford and go get signatures. You will find it is a rewarding experience. Here is the link to the official petition with an instruction page.

You may want to get several clipboards to make your signature gathering quicker, especially in a crowd. Miami Valley NORML provided some helpful hints for a clipboard to making it easier and faster to collect signatures. You can get the image so you can make your own sign for your clipboard with this link to the image.

Be sure to look over and become familiar with the official instructions (5MB file) that were provided by the Secretary of State. This explains how signatures are verified. The important parts are highlighted in yellow, and again it is a big file (5MB). Be patient if you have a slow connection. A smaller legible copy (1.3MB) is also available in this link.

Please send the ballot committee an email using the Contact MMJBALLOT link so Ohio Patients can help assist and coordinate efforts. You may also keep up to date with the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment by joining the Facebook page.


Medical Marijuana News

One of the questions often asked is about marijuana and smoking.  Contrary to public perception there is no relationship between smoking marijuana and lung cancer.  This has been established by one of the largest lung cancer studies ever conducted by Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.  You can find the supporting news articles on the Washington Post and WEBMD websites.

One more item of interest is that cannabis (AKA marijuana) can actually help those with asthma.  In technical terms marijuana acts as a bronco-dialator.  I have personal knowledge of this from my own family member who has used smoked marijuana for asthma relief.

Now Georgine DiMaria, 24, former Miss New Jersey,  has stepped in to fight for the legalization of medical marijuana. DiMaria said as a child her asthma was so severe that it left her bedridden, forcing her to be homeschooled.  She has said that using marijuana was medically beneficial to her.  DiMaria has also been an advocate and promoted lung health for six years and was recognized by the American Lung Association for her outstanding efforts.

The Ohio Patient Network suggests that those suffering from asthma who are considering marijuana as an adjunct to the treatment should consider vaporization and inform their doctor.